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Trail of Tears - Behind the Song  Podcast

Recently, Trail of Tears was released to radio as my very first radio single. I'm a little behind on radio releases but I am so excited to finally get the ball rolling! So far, there are about twenty radio stations who have picked it up! I think that this is perfect timing. With my National Aboriginal Day performance coming up, and Trail of Tears on the radio, I've decided to post a lyric video onto YouTube this Friday! As always, stay tuned on here and via my Twitter @SierraJamerson for everything #TeamSJ. Trail of Tears is a song written about the historical event of the same name. Following the Indian Removal Act of 1830, members of the Cherokee, Choctow, Muscogee, Chickasaw and Seminole tribes were forcibly relocated from their traditional lands in southeast U.S to an area west of Mississippi, Indian Territory. Of the 16,000 who were moved, up to 6000 perished in the trek, much of which took place during winter. I have Choctaw ancestry on my mother's side but I wrote this song not only in honour of the Indigenous people who died during the Trail of Tears. It is also in honour of the Tahltan struggle to preserve our Sacred Headwaters from exploitation and resource accumulation by Shell Oil. Many Tahltans still live on our traditional territory, downstream from where the proposed mines and environmental destruction were to take place. We still live off the land to a large extent, being so far north that store bought food and goods are quite expensive. My own grandmother and many other grandmother's risked their freedom in protest to protect this land, in turn ensuring that a natural area considered by scientists to be a major lung of the earth, would continue to live on. This sounds like ancient history, but it all took place about ten years ago, and continues to be negotiated to this day. My elders have charged me with the responsibility to go forth and share the message of my people with the world, and I am pleased to do so with Trail of Tears. Look out for more celebrations of Aboriginal history and culture this Sunday, in Churchill Square with my band, on your radio dial, and on Youtube. Love, SJ
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Since You've Been Goooooone! I Can Breathe For the First TIme!!! 

Team SJ Friends and Fam,
I am the literal worst for letting this blog slide this badly. To say I've been overwhelmed, or busy, would be putting things mildly. Here's what's happened since we last spoke:

- My band and I played the Edmonton International Jazz Festival! It was a fantastic night, and a great opportunity.

-I finally went on vacation.

-Upon regrouping, the lineup of my band slowly changed. I am a-ok with this, as I love playing with just myself and my piano [Alicia Keys]. I have a few players now that i'm excited to be with come Ribbon Rouge on November 21.




-I HAVE A MANAGER!!!!! Mark Rosner, of Rosner Management Services, is a really great guy with a keen eye for business. He takes care of a lot of the behind the scenes stuff for me nowadays including....



-BOOKING MY SPRING TOUR OMG YALL IT'S ABOUT TO GO DOWN!! I can't give away the details yet but it's a real thang, CANADA WIDE.


-I am writing a hip-hop based mixtape and slowly recording that. My producer, Samjay  [check him out right here yall] is a really talented dude. It's a very slow process and this record is dealing with a lot of complicated issues. Dredging up those old childhood core wounds, yall know I'm bout it.


-I've written probably 15 new songs. Let's just say I've been processing a lot of new ideas.


-[She's Gonna] Save the World is being played on Women of Substance Radio based in Los Angeles, California. That means i have just achieved INTERNATIONAL AIRPLAY THANK YOU BASED GODDESS!!!!



I'm going to try and update this space more regularly as I want to keep everyone informed of my happenings. I love you guys, truly.




xoxo,
SJ

Blood in the Water EP- OUT NOW!!! 

I am so incredibly thankful and relieved that the journey has come to an end [of sorts] and Blood in the Water is available now!!! Thank heavens. We had an incredible show on Thursday, and many thanks to NEK Trio for opening, the Artery for their incredible hospitality, Ben Babchishin and Hired Gun Productions, and Jasmine Thompson for fiming/ videography, SC Parker Photography, and Britany Quinn Photography. To my incredible band: Rebecca "Backbone" Stasiewich [bass], Brayden Treble [guitar], Eric Doucet [keys], Brendan Lyons [drums], Matt Graham [Trumpet] - by now we are a family and I love you all. Onwards and upwards!!! My backup singers: Shawni Tolman, Roya Yazdanmehr, Stephanie French -you have the voices of angels and the dance moves to boot! thank you for your gift. Thanks to spoken word poet Medgine Mathurin, and hip-hop MC K-Riz for the guest appearances as well!!!! Blood in the Water is available for purchase here!  

Single Release Show-TOMORROW!!!! 

After multiple late nights jamming in Jamersonville, spontaneous songwriting inspiration, personal styling by my best friends, planning, practicing, and never getting enough sleep, I and my band are ready to play tomorrow!!! If you are in the Edmonton area, come by Cha Island at 8pm to celebrate the online release of my first single, "Blood in the Water"! It will be  available for a limited time as a free download here and on Bandcamp! GET WHILE THE GETTING'S GOOD Y'ALL! See you tmr! -xoxo SJ

Exciting Times 

Last night my band and I began hashing out some new tunes for the single release show  March 15th at Cha Island, Edmonton. My writing has taken a turn for the better and this material is pretty badass if I do say so myself. I'm so excited to share this music with y'all! Behind the scenes video coming soon! xoxo -SJ